Kevin Durant isn’t the most easy-going superstar in the NBA. Durant has had a history of being sensitive to what’s said about him online. After all, he felt that the need to create an anonymous Twitter account to respond to people hating on him. But now he does it on his main account, which generated a situation.
Actor and NBA reporter Michael Rappaport tweeted against Durant following a post-game interview, which prompted Durant to go to a tirade on Instagram DMs. Rappaport shared with the DMs on Twitter in a bid to attract sympathy. But that is backfiring, as Rappaport was criticized by Kenyon Martin.
“Out of respect for Rappaport, we used to have a basketball show together. Me and Mike are cool, we have a great rapport. But I lost a lot of respect for him in this regard. You do it to everybody, say shit to people, and people respond to a certain degree.”
Martin added, “He says these things about people and somebody responds, who’s a bigger name and celebrity than you are, you have a problem with it. You say things to push people’s buttons and when he didn’t respond the way you thought he would respond, he was going to slap the shit out of you when he sees you. You see it as a threat. It don’t work like that, Mike. You can’t say shit to people and think people are not gonna have something to say.”
Kevin Durant: How will this affect his perception in the media?
Kevin Durant apparently cares about what people think of him. But out a fine and some mild words from certain sections of social networking, Durant appears to be quite unscathed. However, Rappaport has been dragged across the media for what he did. From leaking the DMs to moving to a press tour, Rappaport’s intentions are questioned by many.
This isn’t like Kyrie Irving’s situation with the media earlier this year. While KD was wrong for expression wildly inappropriate things and lashing the way he did, press vitriol is aimed at Rappaport for breaking conference and sharing a private conversation. It seems his name and association for a basketball reporter could possibly be impacted.
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